Koda Kumi – Gentle Words

July 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – Gentle Words

1. Gentle Words
2. Without Your Love
3. 最後の雨
4. Gentle Words (Instrumental)
5. Without Your Love (Instrumental)
6. 最後の雨 (Instrumental)

Gentle Words is the ninth single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on December 10, 2003. The single reached #15 on the Oricon charts and charted for 10 weeks. This single sold 9,531 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it has sold a total of 27,164 units.

Gentle Words features an interesting arrangement with an urban feel and yet there’s an Indian sitar in the song. Still, it’s one of the signature instruments here for me, including the keyboard melody. It’s a peaceful song, doesn’t have any highs or anything, but it’s a nice listen because of the relaxed vibe.

It totally surprised me that Without Your Love isn’t a ballad but a sexy uptempo song with a lot of attitude to it. Perhaps a predecessor to Crazy 4 U, her single after this one and the first to officially introduce her ‘ero-kakkoi’ image. I really like the brassy accents in the chorus, although they distract a little from her vocals at times.

最後の雨 is the expected ballad but it definitely has a harder edge to it (urban sound ofcourse). It has a beautiful arrangement (piano, synths, a soft guitar) and I also like the melody in the chorus, but the popping percussion is what spices this ballad up and makes it stand out.

Each track on this single was close to being amazing, so let’s just say this one is a lot better than COME WITH ME. For a December release it’s not the typical winter single but it did feature some mellow and smooth songs, like the A-side. Both of the B-sides were enjoyable so.. I love this one right.


4½ stars


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